"Featured ports of the month"

Rob stopspam at users.sourceforge.net
Wed May 19 07:17:26 PDT 2004

Peter Ulrich Kruppa wrote:
> On Wed, 19 May 2004, Kris Kennaway wrote:
>>Here's an idea I just had (while pondering whether the x2x port is the
>>most useful X tool ever):
>>The ports collection is so large thesedays that it can be hard to find
>>something unless you already have some idea about what you're looking
>>for.  However those of us who have been using FreeBSD for a while tend
>>to have picked up a collection of ports that are now essential for our
>>day-to-day FreeBSD use.
>>It would be a nice project to publicize these a bit.  For example, we
>>could ask users to submit a write-up of ports that they find
>>remarkable or useful, explaining briefly what the port does and why
>>it's cool or useful to them.  Once a month or so a selection of these
>>could be posted on the website.
> Nice idea, sourceforge.net does something like this and one
> always gets good hints for something new to test.

Since there's already a lot out there giving software statistics
(onlamp, sourceforge, freshmeat, etc), having another statistics
on the BSD ports collection would only add value if it limits itself
to specific BSD issues and ports. The 'portupgrade', 'cut_leaves' etc.
ports are *the* example what come to mind. However, creating such a list
of useful BSD ports does not need much maintenance. It could even be
a section in the ports-chapter in the Handbook, since this list won't
be too volatile.

I myself usually monitor what software is scoring high elsewhere, and
then search for it in the ports to find that software or something similar.

Another point could be to find popular software that is not yet available
in the ports; to make a list of software for which urgently a port needs
to be created :).


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